LTC Thomas Ellwood Zell

LTC Thomas Ellwood Zell

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 19 Mar 1905 (aged 76)
Zellwood, Orange County, Florida, USA
Burial Merion Station, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 17410772 · View Source
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Obituary Philadelphia Public Ledger, March 1905:
Retired from Publishing Business Ten Years Ago.
T. EllWood Zell, publisher of Zell's Encyclopedia, and prominently
identified with the city's business life, died yesterday at Zellwood,
Florida, aged 77 years. He was born here, and was the son of Thomas Zell,
for many years in the hardware business in Market Street below Fifth Street.
Although a member of the Society of Friends, he took part in the Civil War.
He was captain of Company A of the 121st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers,
commanded by Colonel Chapman Biddle. He was mustered out with the rank of
lieutenant colonel. At the close of the war he engaged in the publishing
business. Ten years ago, on account of failing health, he retired. He was
the first president of the Loyal Legion [MOLLUS, The Military Order of the
Loyal Legion of the United States], which was organized in his office.
His time was divided between his summer home in Florida and his home in
Germantown, where he resided many years. He is survived by his wife and a
sister, Miss Hannah Ann Zell, 85 years old, who resides at 724 Locust
Avenue, Germantown.
Obituary Evening Bulletin, March 1905:
The funeral of Colonel Thomas Ellwood Zell, who died at Zellwood, Florida,
his country home, will be held this afternoon. Interment will be made at
Zellwood. Later in the year his body will be removed to this city for burial
in the family plot in the Friend's Burial Grounds at Lower Merion.
Colonel Zell, who was seventy-seven years old, had his winter home at 723
Church Lane, Germantown, and was for many years a publisher in this city.
His greatest work was the writing and publishing of Zell's Cyclopedia and
Atlas [there is a copy at the Germantown Historical Society].
He was Captain of Company D, 13th Pennsylvania Volunteers and later
lieutenant colonel of the First Pennsylvania Chasseurs. Colonel Zell was the
first commander of the Loyal Legion and was the first to draw up a set of
resolutions of condolence on the assassination of President Lincoln.
T. Ellwood Zell's MOLLUS number was 0002

Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 9/2/1862 as a Captain.

On 9/2/1862 he was commissioned into "D" Co. PA 121st Infantry
He was discharged on 3/14/1863

On 7/23/1863 he was commissioned into Field & Staff PA Zell's Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 1/29/1864

* Lt Col 7/23/1863 (As of Zell's PA Infantry)

Gravestone. Founded Loyal Legion [Civil War]. Engraver.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Dodge
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Thomas Ellwood Zell (29 Jun 1828–19 Mar 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17410772, citing Merion Friends Burial Ground, Merion Station, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Russ Dodge (contributor 309) .